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Badgers encouraged by second scrimmage


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Badger football team's second fall scrimmage provided reason for optimism for the offense. Head coach Gary Andersen acknowledged the offensive group showed growth from the previous week.

"It was good for us to kind of get things clicking."

Just because the offense was clicking, doesn't mean Andersen is ready to name a starting quarterback. Joel Stave had the first crack at running with the starters. He led the offense on a scoring drive to start the scrimmage. He didn't throw any touchdowns or interceptions during the workout.

Curt Phillips took the second turn. On one drive, he hooked up with Jared Abbrederis on a long completion. Phillips followed that up with a 17-yard scoring strike to Alex Erickson. Phillips finished with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Andersen wanted to make sure Tanner McEvoy had every opportunity to win the job this fall. So, McEvoy also got some reps with the starters. He threw an interception but followed that up with two passing touchdowns to Derek Watt. Still, it appears McEvoy has little chance of winning the starting job. In fact, Andersen mentioned the possibility that McEvoy may see the field as a receiver.

"Tanner's a great athlete. He'll fit somewhere in the offense at some point as far as being involved, maybe as a package as a quarterback or getting out there at wide receiver."

For now, McEvoy appears to be the third quarterback. That leaves Phillips and Stave vying for the starting job. Andersen did not feel like this second scrimmage created an edge for either player. This was just another in a long line of evaluation opportunities.

"There's some natural separation that has taken place as we've gone through camp."

Which quarterback has separated from the others? Andersen is not least not until 11 a.m. on August 31.

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